Damaging Earthquakes Database Review, 2010

By James Daniell

2010 will be etched in many people’s memories as the “year of the earthquake” – especially for those living in Haiti. 2010 started with a catastrophic earthquake for the country of Haiti. 240 years ago, after the major Haitian earthquake in 1770, it was decided that all buildings should be built of timber. Risk perception was at play, but through time there is a reduction in earthquake memory, earthquake‐resistant building practices are lost, and the country reverts to the simplest building state…

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